Sir Edmund Hillary, part of the first team to climb Mt. Everest along with Tenzing Norgay, passed away. His death is sad, of course, but it feels good to know that the man who climbed Mt. Everest was able to live for 88 years on this earth. That is the true unconquerable mountain; life itself, and how few of us can truly say we reached the top when we die?
I have to wonder, though, could Edmund and Tenzing be among the greatest athletes of all time? You may scoff at first, but consider how high they climbed with limited oxygen resources. One must be in incredible shape to continue to move forward in such conditions. Add to that the physical labor of climbing a mountain; your legs, arms, and core must all be in excellent condition. That level of all-around strength is not necessarily true for sports like running and soccer (legs only), or basketball. What do you think?